Friday, August 20, 2010


Meleah is the reigning Miss Sooner State Sweetheart 2010 in the American Coed pageant series. We updated her photos last week for her next pageant. She is very poised for her age but perfectly willing to have fun. She lives outside of Oklahoma, City and is 10 years old.
She reminds me (and I know I'm dating myself) of a young Lauren Bacall.....
Her beautiful name means "Mary" in Hawaiian and she LOVES social studies. I think that's cool.

I suddenly realized that probably few would even remember Lauren Bacall.... here she is below at 19.

Grime Free Shiny

Quick update..... after only a couple of days the results of the grime removal from the Colonnade can be readily seen.... grime reduction on the right in both pictures.... still grimy on the left. Excellent use of tax dollars.

Thursday, August 19, 2010


The Colonnade at the Concourse over here in Historic Northeast is getting a facelift. A contractor has begun work on the surface of the 102-year-old structure... above. Below, also slated for change are the floors in the gazeboes at either end... the current floor will be replaced with flagstone. Later on the foliage behind the Colonnade will be trimmed so the view can be opened up and the steps down to Cliff Drive will be built/restored... Good going Parks and Rec.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Francesca, America's US Miss Teen 2010 .... was recently in the studio; we updated her photos for her next competition.. Miss Missouri USA (Teen) in November. She is a high school senior this year and lives in a suburb of St. Louis. She is extremely poised for her age and is able to achieve a number of different looks with ease.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Bug and Blossom

Lots of these along Cliff Drive right now.... will try to locate identities of each later on.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Byway Summer

The Cliff Drive Scenic Byway has never been more lush.... with the wild grape, above, clinging to everything and the trees arching over the roadway, below.

Above and below.... you'd think a variety run amok and called "wild grape" would at least produce fruit.

KC Parks and Recreation has created areas in our parks that are less traveled designated for reduced mowing.... the result is landscape that, toward the end of summer, looks a little like it probably once did before it was mowed at all. Above and below views of Scarritt Point that are in the RMP... or, Reduced Mowing Program.

Above... the skyline barely visible above the trees in the distance....

Friday, August 6, 2010

Museum Quality Fuel Oil

What's big, buried and forgotten? A fuel oil tank under the grounds of the KC Museum.... A tell tale vent pipe gave it away... at some point Corinthian Hall switched from coal to fuel oil for heat. A little cleaner and a lot easier than shoveling. Over time though the tank was forgotten.... at least until recently when engineers were checking the grounds in preparation for the installation of the new HVAC. The Museum's Engineer mentioned the vent pipe and an exploration of the subterranean parts of the old building revealed a gauge... a switch was flipped and the gauge went to zero and then to 3,500 gallons..... whoops. Today (Fri) a truck was on site to pump out the tank. Wonder what other surprises might lay in wait?